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Definition: Toile

In French, the word toile (pronounced "twall") refers to a simple woven fabric or canvas. But when people say "toile" in regards to home decorating, they are usually talking about "toile de Jouy," a textile design style that originated in 18th century France.

This classic pattern typically depicts noble-looking people and animals in scenic outdoor settings, such as farms, parks, and gardens. The designs are usually rendered in a single color — such as black, red, blue, or green — and the finely etched images are printed on a white or off-white background. Toile is most often found on fabric, such as drapes and upholstery, as well as wallpaper.

via Girl Meets Glamour

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